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News Comments > Steam Summer Sale
32. Re: Steam Summer Sale Jun 12, 2015, 05:17 jacobvandy
 
They are effectively free items. Technically they are bundles. $79.99 (give or take a few cents) represents the total value of GTA V as well as GTA San Andreas (regular price $15) and a Tiger Shark card (regular price $5) OR as well as a Great White Shark card (regular price $20). You'll notice there's another bundle valued at $84.97 with Max Payne 3 (regular price $20) and a Tiger Shark card. Obviously the value of a package deal is higher than the value of one of its individual components... Are you really disputing the legality of bundles on Steam? Good luck with that.  
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News Comments > Steam Summer Sale
30. Re: Steam Summer Sale Jun 12, 2015, 04:01 jacobvandy
 
It's illegal to give away free stuff in Canada? That seems to contradict some of the things I've heard.  
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News Comments > Steam Summer Sale
28. Re: Steam Summer Sale Jun 12, 2015, 03:55 jacobvandy
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Jun 12, 2015, 02:30:
FYI for any canucks, you should be filing a complaint with the competition bureau on the pricing change. It's illegal to raise a price, and claim a discounted price like that. And before someone goes hur-dur-dur-america, since Steam/Valve sell a product in Canada directly to Canadians, in Canadian pricing, they're directly subject to the same laws.

Except they didn't change the price of GTA V... They're offering special bundles that include other games and/or in-game cash for free. Don't waste your time and theirs.
 
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News Comments > Oculus Rift Controller & Xbox Partnership Announced
44. Re: Oculus Rift Controller & Xbox Partnership Announced Jun 12, 2015, 03:00 jacobvandy
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 12, 2015, 02:25:
PsychoMoggieBagpuss wrote on Jun 12, 2015, 01:25:
jdreyer wrote on Jun 11, 2015, 19:46:
Win 10 is free only if you're running Win 7 or above.

Like anyone serious about gaming is running XP or ME? Pull the other one, it's got bells on......

Lots of people still on Vista.

Less than 1% of PC gamers according to Steam stats. Even less than the number of poor saps still clinging to XP, lol.
 
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News Comments > Steam Summer Sale
22. Re: Steam Summer Sale Jun 12, 2015, 00:30 jacobvandy
 
Saboth wrote on Jun 11, 2015, 22:50:
Mine finally seemed to work. Guess you just scroll back and forth between the 3 screens clicking repeatedly. Were these games where you click a million times created by Logitech, Razer and doctors that treat RSI?

If you're manually clicking, you're doinitwrong.

This game was designed around the assumption that people would use automatic clicking macros. That is to say, you gain an advantage by doing so, but you still can't set it up and go AFK for hours; the multiple targets on multiple screens mean you're wasting a lot of those clicks if you're not there to babysit the cursor.

Basically how it goes is, around 1,000 people are connected to the same game session, able to click on the same monsters simultaneously. But the vast majority of players in each game aren't even there... Once you join a game for the first time, it holds your place and you continue to "participate" to some degree even when the game isn't loaded in your browser. So the actual monster killing is done by a couple dozen active participants who are auto-clicking upwards of 100 times per second.

The point of all this is to get your 3 free trading cards per day. Yeah, instead of voting on a community choice poll every 8 hours, big stats like total clicks and bosses killed unlock special deals for the next day of the sale. So far they suck ass, lol. I thought you might be able to upgrade your badge by playing, like maybe with every boss you kill, because there is a separate one for the minigame itself. But no, you craft your badge from trading cards over and over, and the higher level that is, you get special abilities that help you play the minigame better and better... For no particular reason that I have found yet.
 
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News Comments > Steam Summer Sale
7. Re: ArcheAge Head Start Issues Jun 11, 2015, 19:02 jacobvandy
 
DangerDog wrote on Jun 11, 2015, 18:23:
Trevellian wrote on Jun 11, 2015, 17:28:
GTAV is NOT 30% off.

In fact Rockstar went out of their way to be dicks about it.
Made 3 bundles with Shark Cards or other games with GTAV that all come out to 59.99 no matter how you want to get the game.

Kind of a dick move if you ask me.

I read someones post thinking that they did this to avoid refunds, something about the way the Shark Cards being bundled means you won't be eligible for Steams new refund policy.

I wasn't aware that so many people were willing to download 60GB of data to get a 2-hour trial of a Grand Theft Auto game... Rolleyes
 
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News Comments > Shadow Warrior 2 Announced
6. Re: Shadow Warrior 2 Announced Jun 11, 2015, 13:09 jacobvandy
 
It's just a poorly worded press blurb. I'd be surprised if they didn't have a standard template where they fill in the blanks with specific details, which is why it can sound like Mad Libs at times. Looks like they're using the Indie Action Sequel (Reluctant Anti-hero) variant:

[GAME TITLE] is the [HYPERBOLE FOR "SEQUEL"] of [DEVELOPER]ís offbeat [GENRE] following the further misadventures of [DESCRIPTION OF PROTAGONIST]. Now surviving as a reclusive [PROTAGONIST'S PROFESSION] on the edge of a corrupted world, the formidable warrior must again wield a devastating combination of [BRIEF ARSENAL OVERVIEW] and wit to strike down the [DESCRIPTION OF ANTAGONIST(S)] overwhelming the world. Battle [LIST OF PLAYER MODES] in spectacular [LEVEL DESIGN BUZZWORD] landscapes to complete daring missions and collect powerful new [BRIEF LOOT OVERVIEW].

I'm guessing the same content can be played co-op or solo.
 
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News Comments > The Bards Tale Trilogy for The Bards Tale IV Backers
7. Re: The Bards Tale Trilogy for The Bards Tale IV Backers Jun 11, 2015, 04:04 jacobvandy
 
He's just confusing "stalled" with "continuing at a normal pace following the initial rush of pledges that every anticipated crowdfunding campaign sees in the first few days."  
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News Comments > Toy Soldiers: War Chest Adds More Toy Soldiers
2. Re: Toy Soldiers: War Chest Adds More Toy Soldiers Jun 11, 2015, 00:20 jacobvandy
 
The action figure aesthetic is actually a pretty cool one for a game, but they're not doing it right.  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
4. Re: etc., etc. Jun 10, 2015, 21:37 jacobvandy
 
Upgrading to 10 anyway, so IDGAF. Can't be rid of this USB cable fast enough...  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 10, 2015, 13:56 jacobvandy
 
People like to make fun of the Zune, but avoiding iTunes is the reason I got one back in the day. I regret nothing.  
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News Comments > The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Sells 4M
41. Re: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Sells 4M Jun 9, 2015, 20:56 jacobvandy
 
Quinn wrote on Jun 9, 2015, 17:08:
A simple example: Letho. Did you find him? Did you got him to join you at Kaer Morhen? I did. By pure chance. Found him in a fucking random shed. That made my OCD go fucking nuts. Nuts. Because I found him when I had right about made up my mind to take my ship to Skelige and leave Velen behind.

Nope, I killed him at the end of W2, but I still got the achievement for recruiting all possible help for the Battle of Kaer Morhen. He's not important to the story of W3 at all, he's just a fan-service cameo to help sell the save import feature. At least you got to see him; I know some people are upset that the alternate Act 2 from the last game was completely cut from canon, and that elf rebel Iorveth isn't around no matter what.

Going to Skellige doesn't cut off the mainland, by the way. Not only can you return there to do other stuff at any time, the main story leads you back there on more than one occasion. It's just that, since Skellige is out in the sea, you require a special means to get there for the first time.
 
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News Comments > Chris Avellone Leaves Obsidian
22. Re: Chris Avellone Leaves Obsidian Jun 9, 2015, 15:28 jacobvandy
 
Breaking even is plenty good enough when you're able to spend a few years making a living off of a passion project. That's a dream situation for anyone even remotely interested in their job as a game developer.

Still, I'm thinking they made a good chunk of profit. What makes you think they spent twice as much as they crowdfunded? Sorry, no, three times as much... $4.1 mil raised beforehand, plus more than $9 mil in sales, and you're saying they only broke even?

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News Comments > The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Sells 4M
24. Re: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Sells 4M Jun 9, 2015, 13:40 jacobvandy
 
Quinn wrote on Jun 9, 2015, 11:13:
Verno wrote on Jun 9, 2015, 09:52:
Well deserved, kudos to CDPR. The amount of content in the game is almost overwhelming which is a good problem to have.

Good problem? "We drop you in the middle of a huge map, misc quests everywhere BUT some of these quests will lead you to major plot-important people, so you should really do them all! But know that if you do, you'll outlevel the mainquest and majority of the subquests in notime!"

I don't find that a positive dilemma. As a friend put it: "It made me crazy to a point I can't play it anymore."

If you're not led there by the main questline, how can you call it plot-important? It's simple evidence that CDPR clearly does not share your opinion, and they should know. There's plot-relevant stuff maybe, but it's still optional. There are plenty of in-game books that shed more light on plot-centric themes and characters; are you obsessing over finding and reading all of those, as well?

I'm a bit of a completionist myself (though not to the point of it being aggravating, which is why I feel I'm short of actual OCD), but I recognize that completing every little morsel of optional content is going to make me somewhat overpowered. As a developer of this type of game, you cannot assume people will do EVERYTHING, nor do you want to make it too easy to skip over all that extra stuff you put so much work into. The difficulty of the main quests were balanced somewhere in the middle. The final sequence recommends level 26-29, IIRC, but I ended up going into it at 34, and I still left at least half of the ?'s in Skellige undone. As well as all the Gwent quests -- I didn't spend any time on that at all the first time 'round.

The only way to avoid this entirely is to adopt a system like Bethesda has been using since Oblivion, where all content dynamically scales to your level. It works well enough to avoid your dilemma, but I greatly enjoyed the journey in Witcher 3, where on at least a dozen occasions I had an "Oh, shit! Nopenopenopenopenopenope..." moment running into a significantly more powerful opponent. It keeps you on your toes, knowing such challenges could be hiding inside any cave. You remember such encounters much better than the countless ones where you steamrolled your enemies, and feel a lot more satisfaction when you finally go back with better gear and abilities to find victory.
 
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News Comments > Fortnite OS X Plans
3. Re: Fortnite OS X Plans Jun 9, 2015, 04:21 jacobvandy
 
Huh? This is wave-survival Minecraft. The only major negative so far is how goddamn long they're taking to finish it... It was announced at the 2011 VGAs!  
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News Comments > Mega Man Legacy Collection This Summer
4. Re: Mega Man Legacy Collection This Summer Jun 8, 2015, 15:54 jacobvandy
 
Oh, man, I just saw this posted elsewhere... They barely touch on it in the Capcom blog, but this is being done by a company that's looking to update lots of old games like this into modern digital format. They have a platform-agnostic engine called Eclipse, so that once the game is converted from its original format, it can be played anywhere they port the engine to. Several projects are in the works, Mega Man is just the first to be announced.

http://digitaleclipse.com/
 
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News Comments > Mega Man Legacy Collection This Summer
3. Re: Mega Man Legacy Collection This Summer Jun 8, 2015, 15:26 jacobvandy
 
Gotta save something for the sequel.

My first thought was they're doing this to go against Mighty No. 9, and staggering the release of classic Mega Man games gives them even more coverage to that end.
 
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News Comments > Indie Developers on Steam Refunds
38. Re: Indie Developers on Steam Refunds Jun 8, 2015, 14:35 jacobvandy
 
I'm thinking Qwiboo and Puppygames might be upset because they grew accustomed to that steady stream of impulse buys, assuming they were all satisfied customers. People trying their game(s) on a whim and discovering they're disappointed were stuck with it, but since it was cheap they didn't bother expressing their displeasure in a review or etc. Only people who feel very strongly negatively will bother to write it down when they could otherwise just write it off and move on. But now with the possibility of a refund, why wouldn't you reclaim that money and spend it on something you actually do like?

I regret buying Revenge of the Titans, myself. Would definitely have gotten a refund when I played it for less than an hour the first time, if I could have. I liked their take on Space Invaders a lot more, but even that I don't think is worth $10.
 
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News Comments > Batman: Arkham Knight NVIDIA GameWorks Trailer
6. Re: Batman: Arkham Knight NVIDIA GameWorks Trailer Jun 8, 2015, 14:20 jacobvandy
 
That's exactly it, these are not new features, lol. The same stuff was in Arkham Asylum. It's a good investment by NVIDIA, I guess, if they can keep touting it as something new and awesome with barely any extra work per sequel. Okay, sorry, one new little particle effect that accompanies gliding with your cape if weather = rain.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 8, 2015, 14:15 jacobvandy
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 8, 2015, 14:04:
I understand that the showrunners are trying to reduce the number of characters to keep it reasonable, but you can only do so much without eliminating critical plot points.

Whoops, thanks for reminding me. I forgot to mention that the Sons of the Harpy being used to kill off Hizdahr, the guy who Daenerys reluctantly married to appease her subjects, eliminates him trying to poison her later. He's supposed to go out showing his true colors as a scumbag mole, not some victim. But then, Ser Barristan Selmy was supposed to still be alive to kick his ass out and then help command the armies when war comes. A war which I think the show might also be omitting...
 
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